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Old 10-29-2007, 04:06 PM   #1
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scp vs. sftp

I am kind of confused about these two. I am new to Linux and just learning about all this stuff. To me these two appear to do the exact same thing they just have a different format. Is that the main difference between the two, one uses commands and the other doesn't?
Old 10-29-2007, 06:28 PM   #2
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both are command line tools to do things on a remote server. for sftp also gui's exist. the main difference between sftp and scp is the same as between ftp and cp. with ftp/sftp (secure ftp) you establish a secure (ftp is not secure since it sends passwords in clear readable text!) connection to a remote server and can do things like copying, moving, deleting etc. files. with scp you can only securely copy (scp=secure copy).

by the way: perhaps you know the "Secure Shell" program from Windows. there you have a commandline tool like a linux console in which you could establish a sftp session in which you can give e.g. the scp command but there is also a gui that provides comfortable copying...


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